Final Election Year Post

Yes, I promise this is my last post this year to do with the election and politics.

Today I was watching an interview with Perry Noble on His thoughts on the election and post-election Christian attitude are worth discussing.

Gods Man

God's Man

This is what Perry had to say in a nutshell:  “It’s amazing how many Christians say they believe in the sovereignty of God until their party loses the election.”

Nail on the head.  As Perry points out the Bible instructs us to lift up our leaders in prayer.  It does not instruct us or give any example of a time we should tear them down.  I think some Christians take the idea that we should be politically involved and since our system tends to be full of vitriolic diatribe they just jump right in.   That’s wrong.

I was in a conversation with someone this week who in a slip of the tongue said the name “Obama” instead of “McCain.”  The ensuing fit made me think she had uttered “He Who Must Not Be Named.”

The thing is regardless of who you voted for God is still sovereign (in charge).  In the Bible God used both good and evil kings for His glory (and not I’m not suggesting Obama is evil, I’m just making a point.)  Of course we should feel the freedom to be heard if we have a disagreement no matter who is president.  But there is a difference between being a part of the process and acting out of a bad spirit and unkind heart.

So I’ve made a decision.  Hopefully it’s not too combative or argument-inducing.  I’m going to start referring to Obama as “God’s man for the White House.”  Because he is, or he wouldn’t be headed there.

I will also pray for him and encourage others to do the same.  According to the Bible we should pray for “all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2)

Because God doesn’t need Obama, McCain, or the United States to do his work.  God didn’t stay up all night waiting for exit polls to come in.  God chooses to let us be a part of His plan, and President-elect Obama is a part of it.


President 2.0

So the news today is about how Obama will be upgrading the weekly radio address from the White House to

Old and Busted

a YouTube video.  Obama has made by far the best use of the Web 2.0 world in his campaign and I think the idea of moving this to the world of government is a great step forward.  Some have called it putting a face on the government.

I think the idea of making the White House seem more personal through these tools is great.  Why hasn’t anyone done this yet?

The government is way behind in the world of technology (except when it comes to military strength).

I believe may have proposed something similar to this, but their needs

to be a Technology Czar of some sort that finds ways to connect government with todays tech methods AND keep abreast of where technology is moving to keep the US competetive.  It’s a well known fact that the US has some of the worst internet service and prices in the developed world.  It just ain’t right.

How do you think the government needs to step into this century of technololgy?

Pray Backwards

An awesome initiative tonight from Carlos Whittaker. At 9:30 we all have a chance to pray for our leadership the way we are supposed to. Not tearing down but building up.

He’s calling it “Praying Backwards” and the big idea is for McCain fans to pray for Obama, and Obama fans to pray for McCain. Simple but great.

Participate. Let’s clear up some of this divisive junk and remember that as Christians we are to lift up everyone in prayer. No matter who you plan to vote for they are someone created by and loved by God. Being a politician doesn’t change that. Let’s do this together.

Govermnentium & You

I heard this yesterday listening to Dave Ramsey.  Hilarious.  My favorite part is:

This characteristic of morons promotion leads some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass



What is the President’s job?

Yesterday I talked about how maybe we aren’t asking all the right questions.  There are issues beyond “the issues” and beyond the party with the question of who our president will be.  This year as I’ve given it more and more thought, one of the most important issues for me is the question of leadership.

It first struck me in reading about leadership as it applies to the church and business.  I think we get sucked into so much to the political talk that we neglect this major issue.  We spend lots of time concerned about it in the church & business worlds.  We ask: what is your record; can you manage people; how do your inferiors perform (i.e do you make them better while they make you better).

Everyone has different opinions about our current President.  You can think what you will of the war, taxes, economy, etc.  However regardless of your political position, I think where he has lacked has been in the area of leadership.  He has be bold when neccesary, and decisive when need be.  Those are good things.  But he has (in my opinion) chosen poor partners, appointed poor leaders beneath him, and reaped poor results in various branches and departments because of it.  

For example, the biggest turnaround in Iraq happened after the appointment of a new leader.  That is not a coincidence.  I would also say this has been one of the largest problems with getting something done with the current economic crisis.  President Bush has lost his leadership value, and you can see it as no one really cares what he as to say about the situation.

So the question is, which of these two men would be the greater leader of our country?  Who would make the best executive, the best “governmental CEO.”  Because that is the presidents job, if we remember.  He does not legislate, he does not judge; however we regularly vote based on what laws a president says he will enact and what ruling he says he will overturn.  But how will he LEAD?  How will he command control of a massive, ungainly corporation that is our government?

Do “the issues” matter?  Absolutely.  Should we look to our legislators to do the legislating?  I think so.

 The issues and leadership are tied together in many ways, I understand that.  But does leadership matter more?  You’ll have to decide.

Thou Shalt Not Be Ridiculous

The Ten Commandments of Talking (or blogging) Politics

One of the more excellent things I’ve read this election year.  The first commandment is:

1. Do not worship political theories or parties.(You shall have no other gods before me.)  Do not worship ideas or theories instead of God. Not your stance on global warming or Capitalism or deregulation or education or abortion or gay marriage or health care or international trade or war. Do not put your hopes in a political stance or party line or economic theory. Those things are important, but they should not distract us from our unity in Christ Jesus.

As Christians, we have definitely got to get a grip on how we deal with political issues.

Unique Mission

Yesterday I talked about our responsibility as Christians.

Responsibility to what?

We have to decide, as Christians, who we are beholden to politically.  Our leader is supposed to be Christ.  Our guide should be the Bible and prayer.

The Bible is pretty clear on what we, as Christians, are responsible to do.   We are to connect people with a life in Christ  (Matt 28:10). We are to be a force for the forgotten: the widow, the orphan, the alien; love our neighbors (Deut 10). We are to serve and use our gifts, our station in life, what power we may have for others in whatever way we can; be a shining city on a hill.  When ever possible God calls us to set right what has gone wrong in the world to the best of our ability.

When we begin to champion other things, we lose our uniqueness.  We lose our focus and become drawn into opinions, arguments, and politicized debate.  In a great interview with Catalyst recently, Gov. Mike Huckabee discussed his concern for Christian groups and organizations that start to broaden their focus to match a party or campaign.

Our calling is to support God’s work wherever we see it.  We should influence those in power where we can and fan the flames of God’s love and justice when we find it.

When we support the conservative or liberal agenda, we lose our authority and become just another voting bloc.  When we influence culture positively with our lives and, when appropriate, with our vote, we are unique.